What Is The Best Online Traffic School?

 

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Getting a traffic ticket can ruin your day. Heck it can ruin up to 3 years of your life with higher insurance premiums. Today I’m going to look at the best online traffic schools. You’ll see all your options for getting out of a ticket and the points on your driving record that are sure to cost you money.

If you’re short on time for reading this—the quick answer is this online traffic school is the best.

Please note: the schools I recommend all carry A+ ratings with the Better Business Bureau, which is a must for me in order to suggest them. Be confident.

Now onto everything you need to know about online traffic school.

Am I Eligible To Take Traffic School For My Traffic Ticket?

That’s the most important question to answer. Am I even allowed to take traffic school? After receiving a ticket, always, always always contact the traffic court on your ticket to find out if the offense you’ve been cited for is correctable with traffic school. The officer who pulled you over may tell you that you can go to traffic school. Don’t take their word for it. Confirm it with the court.

After you do, make sure you find out when you have to complete traffic school by as required by the court. There’s usually a date they want you to submit your traffic school completion certificate by. Know it and try to get the course done early!

How Do I Take Traffic School?

In a classroom or online.

Sure you can take a classroom course but I’ll assume you don’t want to spend an entire Saturday or your weeknights in a room for hours with strangers. That’s why I say take the online traffic school route. Get it done and move on without impacting your life.

What Do I look For In An Online Traffic School?

The right online traffic school will be approved in dozens of states. I will only point you to schools I absolutely know operate all over the country, with proven track records of getting millions of people out of their traffic tickets.

A Course That Works On Every Device

Tablet, smartphone, computer. The right traffic school has worked hard to make sure their courses evolve with our technology. That means it works for you wherever you are, on whatever device you’re using.

24/7 Live Customer Support

A fantastic online traffic will have 24/7 customer support. You should never have to wait til Monday at 9 AM to get help with learning meant to be done on your time. Phone, email, and chat support should always be around the clock.

Expedited Delivery of Your Certificate of Completion

This varies by state. Some courts/DMVs only have your school electronically report your completion to them. However, if you have to hand in your certificate of completion to the court, and you’re bit of a procrastinator when it comes to getting your course done, you want to be with a school that offers expedited services like FedEx 2 Day or Overnight Delivery. If you have plenty of times, most schools offer free mail delivery but if you’re in a hurry you need to know you can get that certificate fast for court.

A Money Back Guarantee

A great online traffic school knows their reputation is everything and offer you a money back guarantee on their courses. If it turns out an online course is not for you or you’re having difficulties you should be able to get a full refund. My intention is to advocate for online schools because I largely prefer it to classroom but everyone’s learning is different so I still believe in  a school with a solid refund policy.

Will I Like Online Traffic School?

Only if you’re a little weird. It’s not supposed to be fun but a great online traffic school will work their tails off to provide a course that’s interactive and at the very least, tolerable. You should see a lot of pictures, videos, and interactive exercises so you’re not just going “click, read, read, read, click” for several hours.

So… Who Is The Best Online Traffic School? And Why?

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Gold Medal: I Drive Safely Online Traffic School

Why:  The leader of the industry, I Drive Safely has been helping millions of people get out of traffic tickets for over 15 years.  All of the benchmarks above I mentioned for online traffic school? I Drive Safely defined those standards. They have approved courses in the most states [including California and Texas] with 24/7 support and expedited delivery is offerd. They continue to build on and improve their courses so you can take them anywhere and offer a money back guarantee on their courses. I Drive Safely is simply the master of online traffic school.

Check out I Drive Safely’s latest pricing and deals here

de-logoSilver Medal: DriversEd.com Online Traffic School

Why: While primarily focusing in teen and adult drivers ed, DriversEd.com has many fantastic offerings in online traffic school. They were the one of the first companies to launch apps for traffic school. Their courses are rich with interactive features that work on multiple devices. They also offer round the clock support and expedited delivery.

For the latest pricing at DriversEd.com click here

Bronze Medal: Improv Online Comedy Traffic School improv-logo

Why: Best execution of a course, Improv‘s affiliation with its comedy club namesake has made them really try to push their courses as edutainment. They are state approved all over the country and  recently became the sole licensed provider of online traffic school in Kentucky. That’s a major vote of confidence.

Check out Improv’s latest offerings and sales here

Honorable Mention: Aceable Online Traffic School [Texas Traffic School only]aceable-logo

Why: The new kid on the block. Aceable entered the traffic school market with one of the most fantastic apps I’ve ever seen. Their clean designs and easy to use platform make them perfect for any device. They’re very affordable as well. As a new online traffic school, they’re not everywhere just yet but I can absolutely recommend them if you’ve gotten a ticket in Texas.

For the latest deals at Aceable click here

Whatever course you choose, my hopes is the tips and advice on this site is able to guide you successfully through traffic school and on the path to leaving your traffic ticket on the road behind you. Good luck!

New Illinois Driving Laws for January 1, 2017: Slow Down, Move Over, Or Go To Jail

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It’s the New Year and with it, new laws come to the roads of Illinois. Here’s what goes into effect on January 1st, 2017:

1. Slow down or move over for stopped vehicles. Previously, Scott’s Law required drivers who pass a stopped emergency vehicle to slow down or move over into another lane. This is for the safety of police, firefighters, or EMTs who can often be injured or even killed by cars on busy roadways. The 2017 revision to this law now says the same caution should be applied for any other car stopped on or along the roadside if their hazard lights are on. So if you see anyone with hazard light on, slow down and move over. It’s the law.

2. School/construction zones- do the speed limit or go to jail. While driving in a school or work zone, if you speed above the posted 25 MPH limit, you’ll face harsh penalties. Going 26-35 MPH is a Class B misdemeanor [which can carry up to a 6 month stint in jail] and above 35 MPH becomes a Class A misdemeanor which could see punishments which include fines and a year a of jail time.

3. Driving without insurance-fool me once. For those who have been convicted of driving without proper insurance once already, if it happens again in 1 year period, your vehicle will be impounded. No ifs,ands, or buts about it.

4. Stop trying to beat the railroad crossing gates. Yep, everybody wants to beat the train crossing. But now, in Illinois, if you ignore the crossing’s lights and try to outrace the mechanical crossing arms, you’ll see a $500.00 fine for your first offense and $1,000.00 for each offense after that.

Stay safe, Illinois.

New California Driving Laws For January 1st, 2017: Cellphones, Lane Splitting, & Car Seats!

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With the New Year come new California driving laws to pay attention to!

1. You can’t touch your cellphone while driving. Yep, for real. On Sunday, it will become illegal in California to hold your cellphone while operating a vehicle. Not just talking or texting, but having the phone in your hands will be a violation you can be written up for. The only exception is for genuine emergency calls. Otherwise, any permissible use of a phone while driving will be for single swipes or taps, and only if the phone is mounted to your vehicle in a spot which does not obscure driving view. Expect CHP officers to be on the lookout.

2. Lane-splitting is now legal and a defined practice. Motorcyclists have rode in between lanes for years now to move quickly through traffic but starting on January 1st, the law officially says they can. Lane-splitting allows for the motorcyclists to lane-split going a max of 15 MPH faster than the flow of traffic [they cannot go faster than 50 MPH while lane-splitting, so the general flow of traffic cannot be going faster than 35 MPH for lane-splitting to be allowed]. Generally the idea is to allow bikers to continue to move along in traffic since they are able to.

3. A child’s car seat must rear-facing until age 2. So previously in California, you had to have your child facing rear in a child-seat until they were 1 year old. AB53 has updated the law so that any child under 2 must be facing the rear of the vehicle. Child safety seats are required until a child is 8 years old. The exceptions are if a child is over 8 years old or 4 foot 9 inches tall at which point they may use the car’s own seat belt.

Be prepared , California! Be safe!

If you get a ticket and need help, check out I Drive Safely’s Online California Traffic School

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5 Driver Safety Tips For December Holiday Parties

Here are 5 tips to keep yourself or others safe from the perils of drunk driving during this season’s holiday parties.

5. In the right glass, Coca-Cola by itself happens to look just like Rum & Coke. We start with the obvious; nothing says you have to drink at parties. This rule is true pretty much the entire year so remember it well. You can fix yourself up a snazzy glass of mixer and no one will know you’re not boozing. I happen to enjoy a great pastime at parties; observing drunk people and their behavior objectively. You learn a lot.

4. Have a designated driver. Ah, the designated driver, patron saint of the party animal. I find in groups of friends, a system of “turn taking” often works best because it tends to put a bit more pressure on the designated to put-up-or-shut-up and not a take drink. If you were the designated on Halloween, it will make your friend take the Christmas Party sobriety oath more seriously. If it’s you who has to be the sober driver this go-round, well, hey wasn’t Halloween a lot of fun?

3. Uber, Lyft, Taxi. There’s really no excuse to drink and drive.

2. Feed your guests. Alcohol consumption on an empty stomach will make the drinks hit your guests that much harder. Have plenty of snacks and appetizers around. Get in touch with your inner Giada De Laurentiis and make some snowflake shaped spinach and goat cheese tartlets, or you know, have some chips and pretzels in bowls for everybody.

1. Your role: Party Host/Bartender. If it’s your party, you can control how much your guests put away by playing bartender. Rounds of cocktails tend to keep things a bit more even throughout the night. Some hosts will keep tallies on just how much their guests have had as well to keep track of things. Ultimately, as host the responsibility is on you to make sure drunk guests don’t get in their car.

Winter Driving: 5 Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

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It’s that time of year where we turn the clocks back and the days get shorter, colder, and snowier. That also means a big difference in our time on the roads. Winter driving vs summer driving is vastly different. Here are some ways to prepare for these winter months.

Check Your Lights

When you leave work at 5 PM, you will notice an obvious difference in your commute: it’s dark outside! Don’t forget to check your headlights and your taillights so that your fellow commuters can see that you are on the road heading home. Yes, make sure they work but you can also see how the bulbs rate. Not all headlights are created equal and you might want to consider an upgrade so you can see everything out there!

Emergency Supplies

Depending on where you live in the county, snow and the cold can be a very large problem. Make sure you have emergency supplies handy in your car like flashlights, jumper cables, flares, and a phone charger in case you get stuck and need to call for help. Ice scrapers and shovels may be necessary to dig your car out going to and from work. I cannot emphasize the importance enough of a full tank of gas and a blanket should you become stranded to maintain warmth in freezing conditions.

Tires and Brakes

Take a look at your treads to make sure you aren’t driving on bald tires. It is usually recommended to have your tires rotated every six months or 6-8,000 miles. Also see how those brakes feel. It doesn’t hurt to get them checked, especially if you need to get an oil change or that tire rotation anyway.

Don’t Push the Speed Limit

You’re not driving in optimum conditions, so don’t drive at optimum speed. Maintain a safe speed that allows you plenty of reaction and stopping time. Give yourself more of a cushion between yourself and the cars in front of you, as stopping time will greatly increase in worse than normal conditions. If you’re going too fast, your brakes may cause you to go into a slide or fishtail. If that happens, remember to go with the slide and not turn the wheel against it.

Plan Ahead

Treat the weather as a factor in your day when possible.  Look at forecasts and weather reports so you know what you’re in for.  You may have to leave earlier to stay ahead of bad weather or simply to deal with being stuck in it. Alternatively, pick your battles wisely, if you don’t need to go out in bad weather, simply don’t.

 

Dangerous Drivers: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

We get a lot from our parents. Our names, our looks, sometimes even our political beliefs. What if our parents were more responsible for who we are than we realize? According to an article at The Telegraph, a French study conducted by the Vinci Autoroutes Foundation says we are the drivers our parents made us.

Think about that for a moment, the average person sends just shy of 38,000 hours driving in their lifetime. Your child will be sitting behind you, observing your driving behavior for a good chunk of their young lives. How you respond to on the road may dictate how your child will respond as a driver later in life. With most learned bad behavior, a parent will think of their child “monkey see, monkey do”. And it’s completely true, but we don’t take this into consideration with driving.

The study found 65% of those polled [993 drivers age 18-25] said that they were influenced by the driving behaviors of their parents. 75% of those polled who said they prone to road rage also admitted their parents were as well. 77% of speeders said they were second generation violators, throwing mom or dad under the bus. Parents weren’t mindful of pedestrians? Neither were those polled nearly ¾’s of the time anyway.

The parallels of traffic offenses between the generations continue to go on per the Telegraph article. Running red lights? Yeah, Dad was always trying to beat the traffic light. Drinking and driving? Uh-huh, mom did. Drowsy driving? Yep. We continue to see bad habits of the children originating with the parents most of the time in these scenarios.

And we should not be surprised.

Children are like sponges, soaking up what is around them. Aggression, erratic behavior, poor decision making, these are things we expose them to, highlighting our worst behavior as the norm. Parents have to remember that they are role models to their children and that includes in the car. Learned behavior can be the hardest to shake because it’s been instilled through repetition, consistently over time. That’s why what we expose our kids to should consistently be our best effort, even on the road.

Uber’s OTTO Just Became The Beer Delivery Guy

Last week, driving down Interstate 25 in Colorado was a Budweiser tractor trailer loaded with beer. This is not an uncommon occurrence. However if you glanced in your rear view at the truck, what you saw was anything but typical. The truck, you see, had no driver…

So you’re not going to fall for the idea of a “haunted truck”. If you’ve read this blog before you know my fascination with self-driving cars. This particular instance was a joint venture between Anheuser-Busch and Uber’ this s subsidiary OTTO, which specializes in making self-driving tractor-trailer trucks a reality. OTTO’s hardware helped the truck drive over 120 miles on this beer run all by itself.

The main thing OTTO isn’t doing [yet!] is city driving. The truck did have a driver on-board specifically for getting on and off the interstate to start and make the delivery. OTTO’s hardware here was essentially used as an AI auto-pilot for the easier and lengthier part of the trek. It stayed in one lane, accelerating and braking as necessary.

OTTO allows for higher productivity and greater safety. Truck Drivers can plot their breaks across longer stretches of highway where OTTO can be enabled. It allows for greater fuel efficiency and faster delivery.OTTO company attitudes seem to be based more on the idea that this is a tool for drivers and not a replacement for them and won’t be one for years to come. We’ll see.

Check out Uber and Budweiser’s video on the self driving truck below.

Florida Drug and Alcohol Course, Permit Exam, and the Road to Your License

 

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Some states will have your teen sit through the equivalent of a semester before they can get their learner’s permit. It’s a lengthy and somewhat tortuous process for your teen. One more class to get through, eating up nights and weekends. In Florida though, they do make it a bit easier to qualify for your permit:  Be at least 15 and then you have to complete one 4-hour course and take your permit exam.

You’re required to complete what is called the Florida Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course [TLSAE] or as it’s more commonly known the Florida Drug & Alcohol course. It’s meant to combine awareness of the knowledge of road rules and safe driver preparation with awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and driving.

Topics likely to be covered in your TLSAE course include:

  • Driving at night
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Florida road rules and signs
  • Defensive driving
  • Highway driving
  • Merging and changing lanes
  • Road hazards
  • Substance abuse and the dangers of impaired driving

Upon passing your TLSAE course, your completion will be transmitted to Florida DHSMV by your Drivers Ed provider.

The other really cool thing Florida allows for is online testing of the permit exam. So you won’t have to take it in person at DHSMV. Many Drivers Ed providers also offer the online permit exam so chances are you can do it with the school you take the Drug and Alcohol course with. If you’re prone to testing anxiety, doing it online may suit you better as well.

The permit exam consists of 50 questions [25 on road signs, 25 on road rules]. You have to get 40 questions correct in order to pass. Upon completion of the permit exam, your results will be transmitted to DHSMV. Once they have both your drug and alcohol course completion and your permit exam completion, you’ll be eligible to get your learner’s permit.

Now, when it comes to picking out a great Florida TLSAE Drug and Alcohol course, we recommend DriversEd.com for Florida’s Drivers Ed. They offer courses that be accessed on any device and that includes your smartphone and they do it for the lowest price possible. Check them out!

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Los Angeles County Traffic Court: How to Get Out of a Traffic Ticket in LA!

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There were 1,360,395 cases filed for traffic infractions in Los Angeles Superior Court in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. A study by Nerdwallet.com, finds that 5 of 10 of the most expensive areas to get a ticket in the entire state of California are within L.A. County, with the true costs of a $35 ticket being more like $700 after fines, fees, and insurance increases. There’s big business in tickets for local municipalities who finance their budgets on traffic tickets and for insurance companies that get to say “Gotcha!” and jack up your insurance rates for 3 years.

What’s most important after you get a ticket is how you deal with it. Do not simply pay the fine and try to move on. You’ll see your insurance premiums go up as high as 25% for the next 3 years. Keeping in mind most people in California pay around $1,000 to $1,200 for their car insurance each year that is major jump and will put some serious pain on your wallet. If the violation you’re facing is correctible with traffic school, you absolutely must take that opportunity to avoid points on your license. You’ll still be stuck paying your fine and applicable fees but this is about minimizing the damage to your driving record.

How to apply for L.A. County Traffic School:

That’s right. You have to apply first with the county to be allowed to take traffic school. You can do so by going here. LA will charge you $64 to take traffic school if you’re approved for your violation [that only pays for the right to go to traffic school, you still have to buy your traffic school course].

Sign up for a California Online Traffic School course:

You’ll have 60 days from when you were allowed by the state to take traffic school [like this one] and complete it. Traffic Schools with actual classroom courses have been around for decades, but I tend to recommend online courses since most folks would prefer to take a course in their home on their own time than when a brick and mortar traffic school offers classes. Typically online courses are required to present about 8 hours’ worth of curriculum. It won’t be fun but then neither are rising insurance premiums.

Upon successful completion of your traffic school course, your online traffic school will transmit your completion to California DMV.

Your LA Traffic Court will pull your DMV record to corroborate your completion and from that no points will be added to your driving record. California DMV will typically take about a month to update your record so don’t expect this to happen instantly. Check your driving record about a month later to verify completion. At that point, if your record is incorrect, contact your traffic school about re-reporting your completion.

For Online California Traffic School, we recommend I Drive Safely. Check them out!

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3 Strikes and You’re Out [of a Driver’s License]! Washington DC Advancing Distracted Driving Legislation

The nation’s capital is barreling towards passing some of the strictest distracted driving laws in the country according to a new article at the Washington Post. The bill would lead to real time tracking of prior offenses by police. The full scope of this being a graduated violation system with escalating penalties for those caught committing repeated acts of distracted driving.

Currently, distracted driving laws in DC are fairly lax: a first offense of using your phone while driving is a $100 fine though the fine can be thrown out with proof of purchase of a hands-fee device. The new law would remove that option. It also sets escalating penalties for subsequent violations within 18 months of that first violation. A second offense would cost you $150, and a third, $200. The real penalty though comes with that third violation, as it would also include a 30 to 90 day suspension of your license. This represents the same sort of penalty you’d see with a reckless driving charge. It’s a very big deal in that regard.

While I don’t know that a graduated violation system will do the job, tougher penalties are needed to save lives. The main issue with this 18 month violation timeline is what is the likelihood violators would even be found repeatedly committing distracted driving in that time period? It seems like very tough penalties that would be unlikely to be enforceable with regards to repeat offenders. Unless of course DC is truly looking to distracted driving tickets as a revenue booster and having this be a top priority of police officers is the plan all along. Even if that is the goal, the DC Police Department would be years away from being able to track violators in a meaningful way as this graduated violation system requires. Even if the law is enacted in 2017, violation tracking wouldn’t be available until 2020 according to the same Washington Post article.

Distracted Driving continues to become a nationwide epidemic. As technology allows us to do more on our phones, we have to fight that urge to do more irresponsibly behind the wheel. The CDC estimates 1 in 5 crashes in 2013 were caused by distracted driving, causing some 3,000 deaths and over 400,000 injuries. DriverSafetyCenter.com believes greater public awareness as to the dangers of distracted driving in combination with technological advances from phone manufacturers which disable the bulk of a phone’s capabilities while driving [aside from hands free talking and GPS] would do far more to save lives than simple ticketing.